Intro: What’s your name, what do you write, where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythological being, what or who would you be?
I write Sweet Romance and Young Adult Contemporary Romance.
I’m mostly active on my Facebook page which is https://www.facebook.com/JuliaKeanini/
And what mythological creature? Dang this is a hard one. I would have said unicorn way before it was so trendy to be a unicorn, but now…maybe a mermaid. I’ve always loved swimming, but I’ve always wondered if they get cold in their skimpy outfits. So a well-dressed mermaid. 🙂
- What got you interested in writing?
I’ve been obsessed with books all my life. I read them in all shapes and sizes. My six-grade teacher saw this obsession and fed it by giving me her entire library. I was thrilled. So I think those books fueled my imagination and it hasn’t stopped since. I basically write so that I have a sane reason for all the people who live in my head. 😉
- When did you become SERIOUS about writing?
My son went to kindergarten in the fall of 2014 and I was home alone. My husband is maybe the most supportive person on the planet and instead of encouraging me to get a job outside of the home, he pushed me toward writing. So, I decided if I wasn’t bringing in a second income with a job, I’d earn it with writing. Now we’ve got another little one at home and he keeps me busy, but I can’t stop writing.
- What inspired your book?
My first book is about a girl with an eating disorder. It was a lighter approach on a really dark subject. I had an eating disorder in high school and I didn’t know it until I spoke to people about what I ate and my mindset at the time and I realized eating disorders come in all forms. I wanted girls to feel a part of a community at this dark point in their lives.
My second series is a sweet romance series and I honestly wrote it because I love the idea of love. I want everyone to find it and I love going on that journey with my characters over and over. Basically, I found a genre that lets me relive a really fun point of life again and again.
- What is the book about?
Lacey has never been good enough.
Tucker is the little brother of Lacey’s ten year crush.
Will their relationship ever go beyond friendship?
Long shapely legs, tiny waists, and oversized bosoms adorn all of the Steele women. Expect for Lacey. In a household where looks come second to none, Lacey has always felt unwanted and basically a failure.
And when Tuck is propelled into highest stratosphere of popularity with his football prowess, Lacey’s outward shortcomings even take Tuck from her.
That’s the last straw.
With her friend, Ashley, they form the future Goddess girls club. And after a few tiny shortcuts Lacey’s chubby figure is discarded like an old, ugly coat.
But just as life seems to become exactly what they want, the shortcut reveals its price, one much too high to pay.
At Christmas, isn’t anything possible?
Single mom Eliana Walker has begged, borrowed excuses, and would have even stolen to make sure she never had to be in the same place as her first love, Drake, especially during the holidays. But to Eliana’s distress, there is only one way to ensure that she can spend her first holiday season as a divorced woman near her daughter. She has to go home not only in time for Christmas, but also for Drake’s wedding … to Eliana’s stepsister.
NFL quarterback Drake Charming is about to marry his girlfriend of a decade, but returning home for the wedding at Christmas reminds him of the girl who stole his heart, Eliana. But Eliana made her choice fifteen years ago and it wasn’t Drake.
Can a little Christmas cheer and a meddling “Fairy Godmother” spin together enough romance to give this second chance fairy tale a happily ever after?
- What are the characters like?
Some of my characters are similar to people I know in real life. Some of them are people I’m glad I’ve never encountered in life. 🙂 But basically I try to make my characters real. I write them as people trying to do their best, but can’t help but falling thanks to their faults. But they always pick themselves back up, because isn’t that we all are trying to do?
- Who should pick up your book and why?
Oh wow. Um I think anyone who likes romance or happily ever afters will like my books. At least I hope they will. 🙂
- Favorite quote from your own work?
This is too hard! I don’t do well with favorites. 🙂
- Traditional or Self-publishing? Why?
Self-publishing. This is a long story, so I’ll try to give the cliffnotes version. I had my first manuscript out with a few agents that were really interested. But as I researched more into publishing, I found I would lose a lot of control over my work if I let it go into the world traditionally and my book dealt with very sensitive subject matter. I didn’t want it to get lost in translation, so I decided I wanted to be the one to put it out in the world. I’m also quite spiritual and I felt that was what God wanted for me and my book. And once I got started in the indie world, I fell in love. I might go hybrid one day, but for now indie is treating me right.
- If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Romance. I love love. I think even if I wrote in other genres I’d have to have a romance sub-theme.
- Name one book that affected the way you write?
Anne of Green Gables. I love the way LM Montgomery captures the essence of people in what she writes.
- Three authors you recommend and why? LM Montgomery because Anne, come on.
Janette Rallison. She is the queen of rom com. I love her style of writing. It’s almost conversational, in the best way.
Shari L Tapscott. Her Eldentimber series is one of my favorites of all time. She takes you into her world she’s created and you never want to leave.
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
The amount of hate that abounds. If we could learn to love first, put others first, serve more the world would be healed of most that is wrong.
- What do you believe is your main purpose/motivation as a writer?
I want to make people feel. I want someone to put down my book and feel like they’ve escaped, but now are much more ready to deal with their real world.
- What’s your favorite writing-related memory?
Typing “The End” on my first book. My boys were playing outside and I ran around the house hooting and hollering like a crazy person. They came in wondering what the heck had happened.
- What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work?
It has to be the emails I’ve gotten about Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Girls that have gotten help because of what they’ve read, girls that have said I’d somehow told their story without knowing them and now they knew there was hope for them.
- One fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I’m from Hawai’i and I don’t surf or dance the hula. Well, I do both, but badly.
- One piece of advice you would give to new writers?
During those moments you get discouraged, push through because there is always another great moment coming. And ask questions. Authors are some of the most giving in the world. I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of so many other authors.
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